1. Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example, social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.
  2. The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.
  3. The Olympic Movement is the concerted, organised, universal and permanent action, carried out under the supreme authority of the IOC, of all individuals and entities who are inspired by the values of Olympism. It covers the five continents. It reaches its peak with the bringing together of the world’s athletes at the great sports festival, the Olympic Games. Its symbol is five interlaced rings.
  4. The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practising sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.
  5. Recognising that sport occurs within the framework of society, sports organisations within the Olympic Movement shall have the rights and obligations of autonomy, which include freely establishing and controlling the rules of sport, determining the structure and governance of their organisations, enjoying the right of elections free from any outside influence and the responsibility for ensuring that principles of good governance be applied.
  6. Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.
  7. Belonging to the Olympic Movement requires compliance with the Olympic Charter and recognition by the IOC.

 The Olympic Charter, International Olympic Committee, July 2011

A modern interpretation of the Fundamental Principles is:

  • Non-discrimination: The Olympic Movement strives to ensure that sport is practised without any form of discrimination whatsoever. 
  • Sustainability: The Olympic Movement organises and delivers programmes in a way that promotes sustainable economic, social and environmental development. 
  • Humanism: The Olympic Movement’s activities place human beings at the centre of its attention, ensuring that the practice of sport remains a human right. 
  • Universality: Sport belongs to everyone. In all its decisions and actions, the Olympic Movement takes into account the universal impact sport can have on individuals and society. 
  • Solidarity: The Olympic Movement is committed to developing programmes that, together, create a meaningful and comprehensive social response to issues within its sphere of influence. 
  • Alliance between sport, education and culture: The Olympic Movement is committed to promoting the spirit of Olympism, which emerges at the convergence of sport, culture and education.